What do you love about Christmas?
There’s so much about it that’s stressful. And yet, there’s so much about it to love. In this last week of preparations, it would do us well to think upon the specific things that gladden us about the season, whether related to Christmas or Hanukkah or another spiritual celebration.
These may be traditions that we have already undertaken this month or ones that await us on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day. They may be memories of things from childhood that continue to sustain us even now. They may be opportunities we have to gather in cheer with loved ones or opportunities we embrace to reach out in kindness to strangers.
Whatever these things may be for you and me, let’s reflect on them, name them, and share them—with loved ones at the dinner table, with people who cross our paths, and here with this group, if you so choose. How wonderful it would be, also, for us to ask someone else what they love about Christmas. Give them the gift of drawing upon the things that bring them great joy.
How we experience this coming week is our choice. The way we approach it individually will inevitably impact the way we experience it collectively. Is it possible that pondering what we love about Christmas is in itself a powerful act of love as well?
And so, what do you love about Christmas?